Instructor Bio
Reducing Defects Through Mistake-Proofing Your Design

Dr. Martin Hinckley is the president of Assured Quality, and a Design4X associate. Dr. Hinckley has a broad background of design experience on projects requiring exceptional levels of quality and reliability.
Dr. Hinckley is an internationally recognized leader in mistake-proofing and has provided training for Hewlett Packard, Applied Materials, Caterpillar, and NACCO Materials Handling Group, among others. He is the author of “Make No Mistake – An Outcome Based Approach to Mistake-Proofing.”

At Sandia National Laboratories, he was a lead mechanical engineer on major projects, including the X-Ray Laser and the Short Range Attack Missile (SRAM II) warhead. Elements of these projects have required the highest level of variation control achievable. In this role he has developed a new technique for evaluating material property variations in precision composites and defined a new method of fabrication that minimizes variation in laminate properties.

Dr. Hinckley’s research on the link between the design concept and product quality has gained international attention. A leader on the steering committee of the Chinese Society of Quality Control referred to this work as “one of the few breakthrough concepts integrating several important ideas.” A former Professor at MIT and CEO described this work as, “The best I had seen in a decade in the manufacturing area.” Illustrating the level of interest, Martin was invited with Professor Phil Barkan to prepare the Quality Advisor column for an issue of Manufacturing Engineering. Articles about Martin’s work have been published in Mechanical Engineering, R&D Magazine, Appliance Manufacturer, and the Stanford University Campus Report. Technical papers on his research have been published in Manufacturing Review, the Journal of Quality Technology, and Quality and Reliability Engineering.

Under Dr. Hinckley’s leadership, new products have been developed at a fraction of traditional costs. To illustrate the effectiveness of the simplification and mistake-proofing methods, the first prototype of a major subsystem was assembled virtually defect free in one seventh the time initially projected by the production organization. Part counts were dramatically reduced, and many of the parts were procured at one tenth the cost of original estimates.

Current Employment:
Assured Quality, Inc. President
design4X Associate

Ph.D. Stanford - Mechanical Engineering (1994)
M.S. BYU - Civil Engineering (1978)
B.S. BYU - Civil Engineering (1976)

Work Experience:
Assured Quality
Sandia National Laboratories

Awards & Honors:
Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff – Sandia National Laboratories
National Science Foundation Fellowship